Q&A: Separate Manufacturing Spaces?

Original Release Date: May 13, 2019


 

Q:

Hi Jess,

I love all of the information you provide on your blog regarding selling handmade home-crafted soaps etc.

I have been trying to find specific information from Health Canada and the food and drug regulation regarding selling handmade/homemade soaps and am unable to find a specific answer to my question.

Basically my question is are you able to make and sell soaps and lotions you have made at home to the general public without having to have a total and completely separate space within your home to "manufacture" the products, for example, a separate kitchen?

Any information would be great.

Thanks, Tennille

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A:

Thanks so much for this question, Tennille!

Health Canada doesn't have any such regulations. So long as you are not manufacturing under "unsanitary" conditions, there aren't many regulations, just encouragement to follow GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices).

As such, I don't see any reason why you couldn't be making products in a kitchen, so long as you are sanitizing between and/or after manufacturing, and generally keeping things clean.
 
You can read more about these guidelines on the Health Canada website here. Or for more info on GMP, click here.
 

 
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